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Focusing on the state's people, issues and ideas, hear Colorado Matters on Colorado Public Radio's in-depth news station. Colorado Public Radio's daily interview show airs Monday through Friday at 10-11 a.m. and 7-8 p.m., Saturdays 7-8 p.m. and Sundays 1-2 p.m.




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Two Weeks After Tragedy, STEM Seniors Graduate; Asylum Seekers Arrive At Colorado Churches

At the STEM School Highlands Ranch graduation, Kendrick Castillo's best friend accepted his diploma. Then, why a Texas shelter sends migrants to Colorado. Next, are violent extremists shaped in childhood? Also, how our late spring snow affects your garden. Then, why is Colorado's legislative session 120 days? Finally, an interview with author Keele Burgin.


AG Weiser Prepares To Sue The Trump Admin (Again); How Tariffs Affect An Arvada Company

Attorney General Phil Weiser will target a new Trump rule on healthcare. Then, glove company Hestra was hit by the new tariffs. Next, Denver-born billionaire Robert F. Smith erased Morehouse College graduates' debt. Also, the GOP strategy after the legislative session. Finally, local journalist Peter Hessler explores Egyptian history.


Pedestrian Safety; Remembering Judge Daniel; I.M. Pei; Beer History; Solo On The Slope

We check in on Denver’s Vision Zero plan to make busy intersections safer for pedestrians. Next, remembering Colorado's first African American federal judge, Wiley Daniel. Also, the Colorado legacy of renowned architect I.M. Pei, who died recently. Then, beer's role in Colorado's history and identity. And, the winner of our Solo on the Slope competition.


Celebrating Kendrick Castillo's Life; How Courts Handle Juveniles Facing Serious Charges

Honoring Kendrick Castillo, who died in the STEM school shooting. Then, how courts deal with underage defendants like one of the STEM suspects. Next, the Colorado Episcopal Church's first African American woman bishop. Also, the Congressional Black Caucus scouts new leaders. And, the state's role in the U.S. Space Command. Finally, more "Solo on the Slope."


Your Questions About 'Magic' Mushrooms; Denver Mayor's Race Takes Shape, With 2 Ca...

Denver voters decriminalized psychedelic mushrooms—now what? Then, homelessness is an issue in Denver's mayoral runoff. Next, a CU scientist is shaping the new U.S. plan to go to the moon. Plus, Dixie Rinehart designed space gloves. Also, Chinese tariffs could impact agriculture. Then, recalling Democrats roils Republicans. Finally, more "Solo on the Slope."


As The Workforce Ages, How Do We Support Every Worker? The State Of Yemen's Civil War

More and more Coloradans age 65 or older are still working. Then, a DU professor studies the impacts of the Yemeni conflict. Next, when Doris Day sang with John Denver. Also, an excerpt from a Western Colorado University commencement speech. Then, an encore of our story about the Hollywood blacklist. Finally, a runner-up from our Solo on the Slope contest.


The Consequences Of Calling Shooting Victims 'Heroes'; School Safety Questions, Answere...

We examine the burden some students may feel to fight back when threatened by a school shooter. Plus an expert says there's room to improve school security. Then, the Irish ambassador to the U.S. is in Colorado to honor the legacy of Irish miners. Also, we answer your questions about Denver's air quality. Plus, the first Rhodes Scholar at CU in 25 years.


STEM School Parents Reported Concerns Months Earlier; What Happens When Shooters Survive

A STEM School parent called the district anonymously months ago, fearing a school shooting. Then, the aftermath when school shooters survive to face the law. Next, an update on sports gambling. Also, the Rocky Flats fire that almost destroyed Denver. Then, what happens to all that roadkill. Finally, an excerpt from CU Boulder's commencement.


Perspectives On STEM Shooting Victims, Survivors; Colorado Springs Home Prices Are Rising

Remembering Kendrick Castillo, the student killed in the shooting. Then, a STEM School sophomore describes the scene that day. Next, perspective from our reporter who covered Columbine's impact, 20 years later. Also, Colorado Springs' housing market heats up. Finally, on the last episode of this season's Purplish, we review the 2019 legislative session.


What We Know About The STEM Shooting, A Day Later; Denver's Mayoral Race Heads To A Runoff

More details about the shooters and victims of yesterday's STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting have emerged. Then, Denver's mayoral race will move to a June 4 runoff election between Michael Hancock and Jaime Giellis. Plus, the founder of Safe2Tell and a school psychologist weigh in. Finally, what's next for Denver's homeless after Initiative 300 failed.


Gov. Jared Polis Reflects On Policy Wins And Challenges After His First Legislative Session

State Republicans and Democrats were at odds several times in the 2019 session, but Gov. Jared Polis still scored a number of campaign promises. Then, a Colorado company innovating how immigrants send money back home. Next, behind the wheel with an I-70 trucker. Finally, the aftermath of the Montrose funeral home scandal.


Bennet's Campaign Wants To Change The Status Quo; How Colorado's Two Candidates Square...

Sen. Michael Bennet isn't letting the crowded presidential field stop him from wanting to shake up politics as usual. Then, analyst Seth Masket explores the two Colorado candidates' odds. Next, reporter Kirk Siegler compares Colorado and California's wildfire seasons. Finally, rural healthcare professionals are the focus in a documentary, "The Providers."


How Bark Beetles Impact The Entire Ecosystem; It's The Final Day At The State Legislature

The spread of bark beetles impacts everything, from squirrels to elk to bears. Then, what to know as the legislative session ends. Next, there's a dog room hidden in the Capitol. Also, what will Mark Kennedy's priorities be as CU president? Then, go inside a wolf rescue. Next, a drought update. Finally, explore the science museum's Leonardo da Vinci exhibit.


And Bennet Makes 21 (Presidential Candidates); Colorado Is Ready To Ban Conversion Therapy

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet enters the presidential race. Then, Colorado is poised to follow Denver and ban gay conversion therapy. Next, a commencement speech. Also, the owner of Illegal Pete's speaks out. Then, meet Denver mayoral candidate Penfield Tate. Next, the folk remedies of southern Colorado. Finally, Duke Ellington performed in Denver 50 years ago.


What It's Like To Prescribe Aid-In-Dying Drugs; The History Behind 'Don't Be Foole...

Dr. Cory Carroll helps his patients live well, but when they're terminally ill he helps them die well too. Then, the fatal crash that inspired those I-70 signs. Next, the health care bills at the Capitol. Also, meet Denver mayoral candidate (and incumbent) Michael Hancock. Finally, an encore of our interview with presidential historian Michael Beschloss.


Meet The Author Whose Book Inspired 'Mean Girls'; Bears Are Waking Up, And They're...

Rosalind Wiseman, author of 'Queen Bees and Wannabes,' now runs a Boulder company focused on youth mental. Then, what to do when bears get into your trash. Next, an LA Times reporter reflects on that city's homelessness policy. Also, meet Denver mayoral candidate Jamie Giellis. Finally, poet Kierstin Bridger pens odes to Old West prostitutes.


For A New Generation, New Drug Education Programs; The Biz Bills To Watch At The Capitol

"Just Say No" and D.A.R.E. won't work with kids these days, a marijuana educator says. Here's how drug education programs are changing in a legalized world. Then, these business bills are still pending as the session winds down. Next, Denver mayoral candidate Lisa Calderon. Finally, encore interviews with local authors Diana Khoi Nguyen and Nick Arvin.


Colorado Needs More Rural ASL Interpreters; A Moroccan Passover Tradition Comes To Denver

How the state fills the shortage of ASL interpreters in rural Colorado. Then, Moroccan Muslims and Jews celebrate the end of Passover with Mimouna. Next, how one student breaks the color barriers in AP classes. Also, new art at Chatfield Farms. Then, lawmakers want voter registration to be more automatic. Finally, a master gardener answers your questions.


Behind The Decision To Close Schools Last Week; Showing Solidarity With The Uyghurs

How 23 superintendents for Denver metro schools made the decision to close their doors during a manhunt. Then, how to stand with the persecuted Uyghur minority. Next, "Listen To Your Mother" is advice and an event. Also, how sports journalists perpetuate racial stereotypes. Then, beer trends in Colorado. Finally, remembering Charity Tillemann-Dick.


Colorado Lawmakers Want Voting To Be Easier; Meet This Controversial Political Cartoonist

State lawmakers are considering new measures to change Colorado's voting system. Then, discussing free speech and censorship with a Parker political cartoonist. Next, the state's newest space business. Also, a Colorado survivor of Pearl Harbor is honored. Then, how WWII ski soldiers put the Rockies on the map. Finally, remembering footballer Forrest Gregg.